How to utilize a diabetes diet to control blood sugar

Dr. Kavita | September 5, 2010

Diabetes is a chronic disorder, and one that needs medical treatment until the end of the patient’s life. This makes it all the more important to have an idea about a perfect diabetes diet. The major affliction in Diabetes is the disorder in the metabolism of glucose. This only accentuates the fact that diet forms a very important part in the proper control and regulation of the disease, in diabetic patients. The basics of the diabetes diet are highlighted here for the benefit of patients suffering from this chronic malady.

The ideal diabetes diet should help the patient to achieve the ABC of this disease. The A denotes the A1C test which indicates the average blood sugar levels for the past 3 months. B denotes the normal range of blood pressure, whereas C denotes the normal blood levels of cholesterol.

The most important aspect of a diabetes diet is the carbohydrate content of the diet. The carbohydrates finally get converted in to Glucose and this why carbohydrates are so very significant and needs close monitoring in a diabetes diet. Carbohydrates are mainly of 2 types: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are much easier to digest and assimilate in to the blood stream, and are the main constituents of fruits and sugar that is refined. Complex carbohydrates though slow to get digested, are considered the best choice because of their additional fiber content and the gradual spike in the blood glucose levels that they bring about after digestion. The complex carbohydrates can be obtained by consuming more of the whole grains, nuts and vegetables.

What a diabetes diet needs to achieve is to incorporate more of the complex carbohydrates, rather than the simple ones. Doing so has an additional benefit. The complex carbohydrates will not only keep the blood glucose levels from spiking unevenly, thereby giving a better control on it by Insulin, but also provide lots of fiber.

Fiber has many benefits, especially for a diabetic. It helps to provide a smooth bowel movement. Fiber in diabetes diet also helps in maintaining the blood glucose levels, by causing a delay in the absorption of the sugar consumed. In addition it has been known to benefit cholesterol control, by helping to remove the bad cholesterol away from circulation, by binding itself to it.

The fats in a diabetes diet should necessarily come from low fat food products, like for instance low fat yogurt, lean meat etc.

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